While people worldwide are generally wealthier, healthier, and live longer than they used to, huge inequalities characterize much of the world. In *The Great Escape*, Angus Deaton examines how, starting 250 years ago, some parts of the world began to experience sustained progress while others did not, setting the stage for today’s hugely unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and he addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind.

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